Contests: What to Do When You Don’t Make the Cut

So you didn’t get into a contest you entered. It’s a tough feeling, no matter how much the hosts tell you they had to pass up entries they loved. What do you do now? Before I got my agent, I entered my share of contests. Some I got into, some I didn’t, but each oneContinue reading “Contests: What to Do When You Don’t Make the Cut”

Query Tips, in Convenient Bullet Point Form

Writing queries was never my favorite part of being a writer, and I don’t pretend to be an expert, but I did learn some things during my time in the querying trenches. Here are some of them: There are three things your query must clearly convey: character, conflict, stakes. Focus on those. They’re so importantContinue reading “Query Tips, in Convenient Bullet Point Form”